Concrete cafe, Pyrmont

Concrete cafe, Pyrmont

Karmee coffee. 224 Harris St, Pyrmont. I read about someone having a good meeting here on twitter, and it was about the right distance from work to make it there and back in a lunchtime walk.

Don’t be put off by the seemingly high prices, and the stylish furniture: this is still just an appealing place to pause for a cup of coffee. Various open windows and doors, and a high ceiling make this a really breezy space, and the polished concrete floor (and liquor licence) give the place a feeling somewhere between a cafe and an upmarket pub.

Arriving as late in the day as I do (mid afternoon), the staff levels are minimal, but the service is friendly and efficient. The food order is called out to an unseen kitchen, and the coffee is prepared immediately, giving me a few moments to sit and wait for my takeaway lunch.

When I see the decaf retrieved pre-ground from a plastic container, I’m briefly grateful that at least the container was sealed. To make up for the lack of coffee flavour, the coffee is really milky, with a slightly sweet note to it. It’s as good as one might hope given the state of the initial coffee it springs from.

Cherry beans coffee roastery, Pyrmont

Cherry beans coffee roastery, Pyrmont

Cherry beans coffee. Shop 1/45 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont. Lots of open space in this cafe – large open windows and high ceilings. This is likely to try and dissipate the heat from the roaster when it’s running. The food prices owe a lot to the nearby tourist haunts – the person ahead of me in the queue orders two big breakfasts, at a little over $28.

Coffee is unusual: there are a lot of choices for caffeine drinkers, including a single origin, but just the one decaf. It has quite a nutty flavour, though for some reason I’m not a huge fan.

Good to see someone roasting in a tourist district.

Montea’s at the Goldsburough, Pyrmont

Voodoo espresso. More of a sandwich shop or corner store than a café, there’s a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. A good range of sandwich fillings are on offer, along with a generous wedge of banana bread for the sweet tooth.

Coffee – there’s no decaf – is passable, but far from great. It is, though, the closest cafe to GlobalSwitch.

Blackwattle Deli, Sydney Fish Markets, Pyrmont

Toby’s estate coffee. Shop 8A, Sydney Fish Markets Pyrmont. The fish markets are a haven for foodies, and this deli with seating for 15-20 is where they can buy their non-foodie treats. Staff are friendly, though living in fear of the tidal rush of busyness that is endemic to the fish market food court.

Coffee is a good Toby’s Estate experience, it’s hot, a good texture, and leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth long after finishing. A good spot for a coffee fix amidst searching for the perfect seafood.